MEDFORD — Two longtime television and silver-screen actors will be in town this week during filming of a short independent movie produced by Medford-based Kissed Elvis Productions.

MEDFORD — Two longtime television and silver-screen actors will be in town this week during filming of a short independent movie produced by Medford-based Kissed Elvis Productions.

Peggy Stewart and Richard Erdman will be featured in "The Bag," directed by Ray Robison with screenplay by Marlyn Mason, another longtime television and screen actor who lives in Medford and also stars in the film.

Stewart and Erdman play an elderly couple whose daughter (Mason) discovers pills her mother has been hoarding in anticipation of dying. That the mother wants to take her own life causes turmoil in the family, says Robison, of Medford.

Stewart, 86, is the star of numerous Western films and TV shows and most recently played Pam's grandmother in the wedding episode of "The Office."

Erdman, 84, has been acting in television and on screen for seven decades, and is known for his roles as barracks chief Hoffy in "Stalag 17," McNulty in the "Twilight Zone" episode "A Kind of a Stopwatch" and Col. Edward French in "Tora, Tora, Tora."

Mason has acted in countless TV shows, including the musical specials "Carousel" and "Brigadoon" with Robert Goulet. She is perhaps best remembered as Elvis Presley's leading lady in "The Trouble with Girls."

Mason wrote "The Bag" based on a conversation she had with her own parents, Robison says.

"The Bag" follows a successful collaboration between Mason and Robison on "Model Rules," a short film Mason wrote and starred in and Robison directed. The movie won best screenplay award at the Rhode Island International Film Festival, and Mason won the best actress award at the fifth annual Bend Film Festival.

Stewart and Erdman will be in Medford through Monday for the filming. Glen Oak Court in Medford will be closed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday while exterior shots are being filmed, Robison says.

He expects the movie will be from 22 to 27 minutes in length and will be ready for the film festival circuit by spring.

Claudia Don of Medford is the production manager.

Residents of Glen Oak Court will be allowed access to their homes during the filming.

Reach City Editor Cathy Noah at 776-4473 or at cnoah@mailtribune.com.